Spring is in the air and Calgary families are coming out of hibernation and looking for family fun in the great outdoors. That is, parents are wanting to get everyone out of the house; kids are sometimes a little resistant to getting back outside after a long winter. Not to worry… we know a great place for the whole family to have fun outside without any complaints from the kids. It’s got animals that you can pet and feed, wagon rides, goat-milking lessons, pony rides, and all the fresh air you could want. Where is this family nirvana, you ask? It’s right here in Calgary, at Butterfield Acres.
Butterfield Acres, located on the NW edge of Calgary, is home to a myriad of animals, including ponies, chickens, donkeys, pigs, ducks, goats, sheep, turkeys, emus, alpacas (or are they llamas? I never know the difference!), cows, horses and even a farm cat or two. Your whole family will want to visit with and feed the animals, go on a pony ride (kids up to 60 lb), and play safely outdoors in fun areas like the goat bridge and Nursery Rhyme Park. Be sure to also catch a ride through the farm on a wagon pulled by Old Blue (yes, the tractor has a name!). The farm offers lots of great picnicking areas and if you’ve really worked up an appetite, you can pick up snacks from the concession.
Planning a birthday party or other special event? Take your guests to Butterfield Acres for a party at the farm, or let them bring the farm to your party. Don’t worry, they won’t bring the whole farm!
Parties at the farm are available April through September and may include a visit with the animals, a private wagon for the Tractor Ride Safari to the back pasture, and pony rides (for kids under 60 lb) or a pony visit/photos. You also get time in the birthday barn or tipi, where your guests can have lunch (all parties include pizza and you can bring additional food) and birthday cake (bring your favourite), and open presents. If the special day happens to land around Easter or in October, you may even be able to time the party to enjoy the Great Legendary Easter Egg or Harvest Pumpkin hunts that take place on select weekends!
Animals to liven up a party at your home (or other location), are available year-round and choices include a mini petting farm (goats, lambs, bunnies and ducks or chicks), an 8-bunny mini farm, pony rides or pony visits/photos, or a farm corral (larger petting zoo). There are lots of different options, and the mini farms can be held indoors. Bringing cuddly animals to your child’s party will not only put a smile on the kids’ faces, but it may also snag you a Parent of the Year award!
Don’t put your first visit of the year off until the summer; spring is the time to meet adorable baby animals at the farm. Visit now and consider buying a season pass so you can come again and again to check on the growth of your new animal friends. A pass pays for itself in just two visits and gets you into the farm for unlimited visits from April through September.
So make plans to head to Butterfield Acres for a family outing that will leave lasting memories. Your kids will love meeting their kids… and all the other animals too!
Butterfield Acres Contact Details:
Address: 254077 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Calgary AB
Phone: (403) 239-0638